Last year, with the Vikings struggling to sell out the Metrodome for the first home playoff game in eight years, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen encouraged Minnesotans in an online video to spend some “cashish” on tickets.
This year, the Vikings have given Allen a little extra “cashish,” just in time for Christmas.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Vikings have shifted into the current year $4 million of an $8 million roster bonus due in March 2010.
The move chews up $4 million in available cap space this year — and frees up $4 million for next year, if there’s still a salary cap. (Maybe they would have moved even more if he hadn’t been shut out in sacks last week against the Cardinals.)
Of course, there will be a salary cap in 2010 only if the NFL and the union work out a new CBA by March, and that’s not believed to be likely at this point.
So why would the Vikings commit to $4 million now in order to create cap space they won’t need next year? Maybe they’re simply more optimistic than the rest of the football-following world regarding the possibility of a new labor deal being finalized.